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Darlene Storm (not her real name) is a freelance writer with a background in information technology and information security. It seems wise to keep an eye on new hacks and holes, to know what is possible and how vulnerable you might be. Most security news is about insecurity, hacking, cybersecurity and even privacy threats, bordering on scary. But when security is done right, it's a beautiful thing...sexy even. Security is sexy.

Federal Reserve to Monitor Billions of Online Convos for 'Fed'

The Federal Reserve plans to monitor when the word "Fed" is used online, determine the mood of the conversation, and identify "key bloggers" and "influencers."

New Medical Technology: Anti-Hacking Jammers for Pacemakers, Electronic Skin

MIT and University of Massachusetts researchers have developed an anti-hacking jamming device to protect implantable medical devices.

Mobile Phone Eavesdropping Made Easy: Hackers Crack GPRS Encryption

How creepy would it be if it were easy to snoop and intercept all those texts, emails and photos you send over your mobile phone?

Android App Brings Hacking Tool to Novices

Analysis: Just what the world needs: another killer mobile app for the clueless who want to hack but need only to push a couple buttons to find targets or to take control of computers and servers.

Lethal Hack - Wireless Attack on Insulin Pumps Could Kill People

In a dramatic Black Hat presentation, security researcher Jay Radcliffe explains how an attacker could remotely control an insulin pump and potentially kill a person.

Cyberthugs Love Smartphones and Leaky, Sneaky Mobile Malware

Cyberthugs may love your smartphone even more than you and are 'thinking outside the box' to infect yours to better steal your data.

NSA to Modernize With Cloud and Crypto Centers

Top dog and CIO of the super secret NSA, Lonny Anderson, spoke with Federal News Radio about NSA's mission and how it will use the cloud and new crypto centers to modernize the shadowy eyes and ears responsible for global eavesdropping and America's national defense.

Domestic Spying on Americans is an Epidemic

Domestic intelligence agencies snarf up mind-boggling amounts of data like phone numbers, credit card purchases, banking transactions, e-mails, and IPs of sites visited which may stay indefinitely in a massive government database. It's an e-hoarding epidemic.

Justice Department Pushes Warrantless GPS Surveillance

Analysis: A Supreme Court case is considering whether cops need a warrant before attaching a GPS device to a suspect's vehicle to covertly track its movement.

Free Harem of Perfect Virtual Girlfriends?

The mysterious Cloud Girlfriend product is making big promises that feel like large-scale social engineering of the media. It is supposedly set to launch on April 26th and, "unlike your last date," it will be a free service - with no extra charge for a harem of perfect virtual girlfriends either.

FBI Raids Skype Prankster's Home After Hundreds of Fake Emergency Calls

The FBI raided the home of a suspect who used Skype to place hundreds of prank calls to emergency service numbers for the purpose of reporting fake emergencies and harassing sheriff's departments in Florida and Minnesota.

U.S. Gov't to Thank for Phone-Wiping Panic Button

Red Alert! Cops coming and you're concerned about deleting what's on your cell phone in case it's confiscated? Thanks to the U.S. Government, there will be an app for that - the panic button app will be able to wipe phones.

Anonymous Leaks Allegedly Expose Bank of America Fraud

It hits the fan on bankofamericasuck as leaked damning documents allegedly prove that Bank of America engaged in mortgage fraud and corruption.

Mistakenly Seized Sites Should Sue Government, Says Congresswoman

Rep. Zoe Lofgren stated that websites which were mistakenly seized by ICE and tarnished by child porn-related accusations should sue the government for defamation. She questioned the IP Czar about "due process," the First Amendment and even scoffed at "chicken poo" reports.